University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

La Jolla, CA

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 9 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for University of California, San Diego

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

UCSD has a large campus filled with numerous places of interest. Overall, it is a great school with lots of diversity and scenery. What I like the most is definitely the graffiti room in the Mandeville Center. The entire room is covered in graffiti, creating a very artistic work.

Academics

Classes are fair. Sometimes it is difficult to get the classes you want, but these classes are usually the G.E.'s from each college. Most of the time you can get them the next quarter anyways. There are several great professors, but also some pretty bad ones too. The workload is dependent on the classes. Class sizes can vary depending on which class it is.

College Life

Classes keep student life filled with work and studying. Apart from this, there are always activities occurring whether it be from clubs, student organizations, or athletics. Campus events are usually pretty fun. Free time is dependent on the student's classes as well as the student themselves.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2009

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

great school. needs more of a social life. Would help if San Diego wasnt a town where all college kids drove to their campus's. Most people lived off campus from there school. I wish the school was structured more like UCSB

Academics

academics were very challenging. Most people were studying 247. The majority of people were top students at their high schools and school was very important to them. It was nice going to a school with people like me who cared about their academic career.

College Life

needed more of a social scene on campus. Since there were no sorority houses it made the social scene hard on campus people a lot of people lived off campus. UCSD was a dry campus and many people went down to Pacific beach to go to the bars


Alumnus - Grad Year 2011

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I was at first hesitant to attend UCSD, but looking back on it, it was one of the best choices I could have made. It can be a very rich experience for the right student and the school itself is greater than the sum of its parts. It's a beautiful, sometimes overwhelming campus, with a student body populated by some very special people.

Academics

The faculty at UCSD are the leaders of their field and not only is their passion impressive, but their attention to students and work are both inspiring.

College Life

I've always heard grumbling about the social life on campus, but I was never bored. There is a very rich social life if you have the wherewithal to seek it out.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1996

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Former Student - Last Attended 2008

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I loved how the professors were passionate about what they taught. It made their lectures interesting and fun. I felt like the students were not very social, which made it hard to make new friends. Had I joined school groups/clubs I may have met more people.

Academics

classes were challenging and rewarding. professors lectured on subjects they were currently researching which kept lectures up to date. workloads were pretty intense... but that's pretty much expected when going into a challenging major. class sizes were large but this wasn't really a problem considering the detailed lectures the professors prepared.

College Life

I did not participate in any clubs/organizations/athletics. It would have probably enriched my college experience. I did attend the sun god festival one year which was a lot of fun. overall though, the social atmosphere lacked students interested in making new friends. I'm friendly and easy to get along with but found it very hard to make new friends at that school.


Parent of Student

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

My son transferred here from Santa Monica Community College and thoroughly enjoyed his last two years of school. He was inspired by his professors in the Film Department and was an all-star soccer player on a top Division 2 School. It's a beautiful campus in a magnificent location (LaJolla, CA) and the weather is spectacular. The campus is sprawling yet comprises self-contained "colleges" that try to create smaller communities. The facilites are modern, clean and the university is expanding. I believe for the price it is a great value.

Academics

As a parent, I did not have direct experience but only know what my son expressed and again, he LOVED his Film/Visual Studies and found his creative voice there. He appeared to have the appropriate amount of work for his subject's studied and the school is also very well known for its science and pre-med studies. I highly recommend this University.

College Life

As a parent, again, I cannot speak to the exact student experience but from my son and his friends that lived in La Jolla, they had many social activities, it was easy to get off-campus and the San Diego area is a wonderful beach community. It safer than most and the weather is fantastic. I also enjoyed to breadth of their athletic programs, especially the soccer team of which my son was a part of.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

The school is not far from the beach and the dorms have a nice view. I like that the campus is large and open and appears to be expanding. However, the fact that the campus is so large does prevent meeting other students from the different colleges.

Academics

The Engineering Department is one of the highest ranked in the country and has the only outdoor shake table. The intern programs that are school-sponsored also piqued my interest. Many of the students expressed satisfaction with attending the school

College Life

The campus center has a large number of shops and food. There's also a yearly tradition of building a soap box car ou of junk, the Junkyard Derby. There are also many activities for students to participate in.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

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